Gloucester Skating Club will follow the Skate Ontario Concussion Policy.
Skate Ontario Concussion Policy
Skate Ontario has developed a standardized best practice Concussion Policy for the sport of figure skating in Ontario. This policy is not age dependent, all skaters, coaches, officials, and volunteers must be treated in the same manner.
Though concussions are common sport injuries, particularly among children and adolescents, their sometimes subtle symptoms may go unnoticed. Without identification and proper management, a concussion can result in permanent or severe brain damage.
If a concussion is suspected, the individual must be assessed by a physician or nurse-practitioner with experience in concussion management, and may be referred to concussion-trained health care professionals for additional care (i.e. sport physiotherapists, athletic therapists, chiropractors). The individual MUST receive medical clearance by a physician or nurse-practitioner with experience in concussion management in order to return to skate, train off the ice, or coach. Please note that skaters, coaches, and parents must NOT make the return to skate/train/coach decision on their own, even if the individual's signs and symptoms resolve.